FOOTWEAR is an exciting edition to our store, Fall 2019. With a void in the market place for quality mens footwear, we decided to dive into the shoe business which compliments our mens clothing store. Quality shoes are important to us and to our customers, so we thought since Johnston & Murphy has been around for over 165 years that was a great place to start.
Johnston & Murphy's story began in 1850 in the humble home of the founder, The William J. Dudley Shoe Company in Newark, New Jersey. From the beginning, they designed custom shoes for the U.S. Presidents and continued this tradition. In 1886, they officially changed the companies name to Johnston & Murphy when two friends that were business partners James Johnston and William A. Murphy took over the company. Building on their reputation of superior craftsmanship and stylish shoes, they were dubbed "the best shoes money can buy". With the production moving to Nashville in 1951, they continued to expand their shoe styles with colour and fabric, while reinventing the classics. They continued with their success by expanding into the clothing business in 1998 and further expansion into women collections in 2008. Johnston & Murphy's continued growth allowed them to open stores internationally in 2010.
We began with a selection of casual and dressy shoes, as well as several styles of ankle boots. Our customers were familiar with the Johnston & Murphy brand and agreed these quality shoes would be a great addition. We decided on Johnston & Murphy because of the superior quality, great selection and the stylish options that compliment our clothing brands currently in our store. If you look at the features of this brand you will see the reasons why they have been around for over 165 years. Cement and welt construction, rubber and leather soles, waterproof, breathable, removable footbeds, great size ranges and wide width options and sheepskin linings just to name a few. We have added more selections to our footwear collection since the fall and are pleased to announce that we will be introducing the Johnston & Murphy clothing line to our store in the Fall of 2020.